STARS HONOURED AT SOCIAL AWARDS; Prizes for the Not-for-Profit Enterprises

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Byline: ALISTAIR HOUGHTON

THE region's top social enterprises have been honoured at a glittering awards night backed by the ECHO.

Liverpool Town Hall last night hosted the first ever Merseyside Social Enterprise Awards.

The event, organised by the Social Enterprise Network (SEN), honoured the leading not-forprofit organisations that are making a real economic, social or environmental difference in their communities.

Winners included Bulky Bob's, which collects and recycles furniture and white goods on behalf of councils.

The Mayor's Award for Social Innovation was won by Liverpool's world-leading female enterprise agency, The Women's Organisation.

And Enviropool, from Hunts Cross Primary School, won the Schools Enterprise Challenge.

Rosie Jolly, chief executive officer at SEN, said: "Merseyside is home to some of the country's most ambitious, creative and commercially driven social entrepreneurs and it is a real honour to have recognised these people with these awards.

"We were overwhelmed by the number, and sheer quality of applications that were made across the award categories.

"To all those that entered, I would like to thank them for their time, and for their continued support of SEN." SEN received more than 70 entries for the awards. They were then judged by a panel including Cllr Nick Small, Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for employment and skills, and David Neilson, chief executive of Huyton social enterprise Fusion21. Event sponsors included law firm Hill Dickinson, Oval Insurance Broking and Agent Marketing. Ms Jolly added: "I would like to congratulate all of the award winners, and wish them continued success and prosperity for the future." SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARDS: THE WINNERS ? Schools Enterprise Challenge - sponsored by Liverpool Community College Winner: Enviropool (Hunts Cross Primary School) Runner-up: Innovate (Archbishop Blanch Secondary School) ? Rising Star: Best Social Enterprise Newcomer - sponsored by Agent Marketing Winner: PLACED Runner-up: The Brink ? …